April 29, 2011 |
The U.S. ambassador to India announced his resignation Thursday, citing a desire to spend more time with his family. Timothy J. Roemer's statement coincided with news that India had excluded two U.S. defense companies from a much-anticipated $11-billion deal for at least 126 fighter aircraft, fueling speculation in defense circles that the two were linked. Others, however, said the former six-term congressman from Indiana, a Democratic party stalwart, may have felt he was being sidelined in India and wanted to raise his profile back in Washington before President Obama's 2012 reelection bid. "I hear he wanted to get back to active politics," said Harinder Sekhon, a senior fellow in the U.S. studies program with New Delhi's Observer Research Foundation, a think tank.
March 22, 2011 |
Two Air Force aviators were rescued after they bailed out of a U.S. fighter jet late Monday before it crashed in northeast Libya, apparently due to a mechanical malfunction, the U.S. military said. Adm. Samuel J. Locklear III said both crew members were in U.S. hands. Locklear, the operational commander of the air war in Libya, spoke by phone to repoters at the Pentagon. A U.S. military official said one of the crew members was found by a U.S. search and rescue team and the other was found by Libyan rebels and was safe.
February 16, 2011 |
In a rare, freewheeling marathon of proposed spending cuts, GOP leaders in the House threw open the doors to the federal budget, and lawmakers careened from debates on fighter jet engines to wild horses as they tried to bore through an expanding mound of amendments that had grown to 600. By Friday, the Republican drive to cut more than $61 billion this year will have spanned the federal government's domestic reach, including environmental protection,...
February 4, 2011 |
The ear-piercing machine-gun-like blasts of an air hammer are a welcome sound to workers on the Northrop Grumman Corp. assembly line in El Segundo. It means they're busy churning out fuselage sections for the supersonic F/A-18 fighter jet, a fixture on U.S. Navy aircraft carriers since 1983 and still in demand worldwide. Once slated for replacement, the jet now is in high demand from the Pentagon and foreign governments looking to upgrade their arsenals. The Northrop plant has a backlog that will take at least until 2014 to finish.
December 22, 2010 |
South Korean officials Tuesday braced for a possible surprise attack from North Korea and expressed new resolve to counter any aggression despite signals from North Korea that it would not retaliate for the South's live-fire military drills in disputed Yellow Sea waters. Two days after conducting an exercise similar to a November drill that triggered a deadly North Korean artillery attack on Yeonpyeong Island, South Korea kept fighter jets and a destroyer in the area to monitor the North's military activities.
July 22, 2010
Are two engines better than one? That's the $485-million question that has turned into a political showdown between Congress and the Obama administration, and that will probably come to a head in coming weeks as committees resolve differing versions of a defense appropriations bill passed by the two houses. The battle concerns the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, the Pentagon's most expensive weapons program ever. The stealth jet would be used by three branches of the military, creating efficiencies by sharing parts and production among them.
April 8, 2010 |
Reporting from Denver and Washington Nicholas Riccardi -- Two F-16s scrambled to escort a United Airlines jet into Denver International Airport on Wednesday night after a man claiming to be a Qatari diplomat allegedly tried to ignite a small fire on the plane -- or perhaps just sneak a smoke -- federal law enforcement officials said. The incident raised fears of another terrorism strike similar to a passenger's Christmas Day attempt to ignite explosives in his underwear as a Northwest jet approached Detroit, and to the 2001 shoe bomber, Richard Reid, who tried to set his shoes afire on a transatlantic flight from Paris.
March 13, 2010 |
India signed five deals Friday to purchase more than $7 billion in hardware and expertise from Russia, including an aircraft carrier, a fleet of MIG-29 fighters, defense and space technology and at least 12 civilian nuclear reactors. On the minds of both parties, analysts said, was a nation not present at the signing. "China will be the ghost in the room," wrote analyst C. Raja Mohan in an opinion piece this week in the Indian Express. Having a working aircraft carrier -- India's only carrier, the 50-year-old British-built Viraat, rarely leaves port -- should allow India to expand its presence in the Indian Ocean.
January 9, 2010 |
Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates has committed to remaining in his post for an additional year, keeping him in office at least through the next crucial Afghanistan strategy review this year. In Pentagon circles, speculation about Gates' intentions had been intense. When President Obama first announced that he intended to keep Gates as Defense secretary, some experts predicted he would stay on only for the first year of the administration. Originally appointed by former President George W. Bush, Gates is the first Defense secretary to serve under presidents of different parties.
November 6, 2009 |
Saudi Arabian warplanes attacked Shiite rebel strongholds inside northern Yemen today in a surge of fighting along the border following the death of a Saudi security official at the hands of insurgents, according to news reports. Saudi fighter jets targeted up to six rebel positions inside Yemen and along the mountainous border. Saudi troops were reportedly heading toward the region to secure villages and prevent further cross-border incursions from Houthi rebel forces that have been battling the Yemen government sporadically since 2004.